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China’s Trina Solar hits new efficiency record for IBC cell

Trina Solar has set a new record of 25.04% total area efficiency for an n-type interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cell. The record has been independently verified by Japan Electric Safety and Environmental Technology Laboratory.

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Energy Access Summit 2018 highlights

The India Energy access summit held in India on February 12-13, 2018 in New Delhi, saw discussions on the decentralized renewable energy sector from various organizations and institutions, including few announcements.

U.S. researchers develop new redox flow compound

A team of scientists from the U.S. University of Rochester has developed a compound which it says could double the effectiveness of redox flow batteries, and ‘transform the energy storage landscape’.

Interview: Combining umbrella with solar

In an interview with pv magazine, Thinkphi founder Samit Choksi discusses the company’s expansion into sustainable product development and how solar energy is being harvested through it.

ACME Cleantech plans 2-3 GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing by 2020

Clean energy solution provider ACME Cleantech is planning to expand its current li-ion production capacity of 350 MWh to as much as 3 GWh by 2020. The company has also designed a charging plus swapping station for li-ion batteries to provide clean transport solutions.

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Germany’s ISFH announces 26.1% efficiency for p-type crystalline cells

The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the Leibniz Universität Hannover claim that this result is a world record for p-type silicon material, as well as a European record for crystalline silicon.

Interview: Hi Physix Lab, a new solar testing facility in India

In an interview with pv magazine, Hi Physix Laboratory India Pvt Ltd CEO, Pankaj Rai discusses the company’s solar venture, including a new testing facility, which will assess crystalline and thin film PV products, and batteries.

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Decentralized RE systems lack government support, finds IISD and Power for All

New data released by IISD and Power for All finds that Indian government support for clean, decentralized renewable energy (DRE) access solutions is woefully lacking, and is less than 1%  compared to fossil fuel, centralized options. DRE solutions receive a negligible share of electricity subsidy in India.

Subsidies alone will not scale-up solar pumps, says CEEW

India’s Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), which is actively working with the Indian government to update the country’s solar target, says increasing solar pump installations in India requires more than just subsidies.

Agfa upbeat for new mono-backsheet

Module technology: Agfa has developed a backsheet that consists of a single layer – an innovation that could well prove advantageous in the field, offering further opportunities to reduce delamination, lower LCOE, and result in boosted efficiency thanks to higher reflectivity.

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